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New York State Department of Labor announces initial unemployment insurance claims numbers in midst of the coronavirus pandemic
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 08:25 pm
The New York States Department of Labor on Thursday announced the initial unemployment insurance claims data for New York state for the week ending March 21, 2020 - the first week in which claims were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Initial unemployment insurance claims last week, increased over the past year by 520% in New York. Overall, more than 80,500 claims were filed last week. Initial claims for UI increased by a minimum of 284% in each of New York's 10 labor market regions.
Empire State Development announces new WNY talent initiative to train, attract & retain tech workforce that will 'power the region's continued growth'
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 08:00 pm
Empire State Development on Thursday announced the launch of the $12 million Buffalo-Niagara Talent Initiative to help cultivate Western New York's tech workforce. This new initiative is designed to train, attract and retain tech talent to fuel the region's continued economic transformation. The ESD board of directors met today and approved a $2 million grant to TechBuffalo, a not-for-profit that will partner with ESD and lead coordination and implementation for the initiative.
Catholic Health issues COVID-19 update
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 08:00 pm
Catholic Health admitted the first patients to its COVID-19 treatment facility today at St. Joseph Campus located at 2605 Harlem Road in Cheektowaga. Treatment units at the site are being "phased-in" to help alleviate pressure at other Catholic Health hospitals and support the governor's plan to increase surge capacity.
Facebook Journalism Project awards grant to Niagara Frontier Publications
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 08:00 pm
Six local newsrooms in New York were selected to receive almost $30,000 in funding - CNY Latino, Examiner Media, Niagara Frontier Publications, Spotlight Newspapers, Wallkill Valley Publications Inc., and Watertown Daily Times, with each of these recipients getting $5,000. In this first round, 50 local newsrooms across the U.S. and Canada are receiving $5,000 grants to help cover unexpected costs associated with covering the crisis in their communities. Additional recipients will be announced in the coming weeks.
Niagara County debuts COVID-19 map; Stapleton: 'People will get better'
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 03:50 pm
The Niagara County Department of Public Health released a "heat map" today.
Erie County provides virus update, list of local employers hiring
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 03:00 pm
•We have received reports of 31 Erie County residents who are hospitalized as of yesterday due to COVID-19. As of today, at noon, we have had 166 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County residents.
Mayor Welch issues letter, guidance for community
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 02:10 pm
Village of Lewiston Mayor Anne Welch issued the following message to the community. Click the link below for a larger version.
Tops grocery stores enhance safety measures
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:50 pm
Beginning as early as today, Tops will be rolling our additional safety measures at all of its 162 stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, a press release stated. Those safety measures include installing Plexiglas shields on as many of their frontend registers as possible.
BPO suspends all performances & events through April 26
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:30 pm
With Gov. Andrew Cuomo's declaration that all gatherings be prohibited until further notice, the BPO has made the "difficult decision" to suspend all performances through April 26. Details on canceled and rescheduled performances are still in development. Check bpo.org for the latest details.
Elton John to host all-new benefit special 'FOX Presents The iHeart Living Room Concert for America,' airing Sunday, March 29
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:30 pm
iHeartMedia and FOX announced "FOX Presents The iHeart Living Room Concert for America," a music event to provide entertainment relief and support for Americans to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the nation during this pandemic.
FeedMore WNY to hold supplemental food distribution at Kleinhans Music Hall
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:20 pm
FeedMore WNY was set to hold a supplemental food distribution at Kleinhans Music Hall today to help feed hungry neighbors and meet the increased need for food assistance in the community due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Niagara County Center for Economic Development offers additional resources
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:15 pm
Per the Niagara County Center for Economic Development (www.niagaracountybusiness.com/716-278-8750), more tips and tools for locally owned businesses.
Higgins announces federal funding to help Buffalo health clinics respond to COVID-19
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced new federal resources to help federally qualified health clinics in Western New York respond to COVID-19. Three local clinics will receive a total of $192,735 in new federal funding.
Niagara University's School of Nursing donates much-needed supplies to area hospitals
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:05 pm
What initially appeared to be a mistake might actually have been a happy accident, as an order of personal protective equipment, initially intended to be used by Niagara University nursing students, is now being donated to the places that need them most: area hospitals and nursing homes.
AAA: Keep your car clean and help prevent spread of coronavirus
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:05 pm
The COVID-19 outbreak has changed the everyday lives of people rapidly. It's a time to be particularly cautious, especially for those who can't avoid being exposed to the public for work, urgent matters, or other reasons.
AHLA statement on Senate passage of CARES Act
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:05 pm
The following is a statement from Chip Rogers, AHLA president and CEO, on the Senate passage of the CARES Act.
WellNow Urgent Care debuts in-vehicle triage procedure in response to COVID-19 pandemic
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 12:50 pm
WellNow Urgent Care has instated a new in-vehicle triage process in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients will be asked to complete an in-vehicle check-in process before entering a WellNow Urgent Care facility. This new procedure is a precautionary measure to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Higgins & other House members request 20,000 ventilators for New York
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 12:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and other members of the House of Representatives' New York delegation sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, asking the secretary to authorize the transfer of 20,000 ventilators to New York from the national stockpile.
Second person dies in Erie County
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 07:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is announcing there was one death attributable to COVID-19 in Erie County in the past 24 hours. The individual was a male in his 70s.
Pegula Sports & Entertainment provides $1.2 million in aid to WNY
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 05:15 pm
Pegula Sports & Entertainment, in partnership with the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres foundations, will provide at least $1.2 million in direct community aid to Western New York residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, owners Terry and Kim Pegula announced Wednesday.
Niagara County to extend tax deadline 30 days
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 03:00 pm
At a closed press conference televised live on LCTV Wednesday, Niagara County 8th District Legislator Rich Andres said Niagara County intends to extend the April 1 county tax deadline by 30 days. A formal legislature vote is slated for Friday.
Higgins responds to Senate COVID-19 emergency package
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 01:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, released the following statement in response to a bipartisan agreement on a third emergency package in response to the COVID-19 outbreak:
Daemen donates thousands of gloves to Kaleida
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 11:10 am
Daemen College has donated 8,000 gloves to Kaleida Health in response to the critical shortage of personal protective equipment for local health care providers as the Buffalo Niagara region deals with the coronavirus pandemic.
Erie County Sheriff's Office releases update
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 11:05 am
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard on Tuesday announced the following COVID-19-related updates:
Higgins calls for delay in federal paperwork requirement to allow nurses to care for patients
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 10:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is asking the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to postpone audits related to a discount drug program (340B) to allow hospitals and health centers to put patients before paperwork during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Niagara Wine Trail offering pickup and delivery
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 10:55 am
Our Niagara Wine Trail family would like to keep you updated on what is happening right now along the trail:
Attorney General James urges New Yorkers to follow NYS coronavirus funeral guidelines
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 10:55 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James issued the following statement asking New Yorkers to comply with new guidelines - published by the New York State Department of Health - for funeral firms and families planning funerals while New Yorkers continue to battle the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019):
REALTORS applaud Cuomo for seeking federal funds for independent contractors
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 10:45 am
The New York State Association of REALTORS Inc. applauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo for requesting federal funds to support independent contractors whose businesses have been shut down during the current COVID-19-related state of emergency. Cuomo has requested federal disaster unemployment assistance for independent contractors such as REALTORS.
Western New York philanthropic community announces fund to support immediate needs in response to COVID-19
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 10:00 am
Nearly 20 local philanthropic organizations have come together to announce the Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund in partnership with the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. The fund will be used to address the community's most immediate needs in the eight counties of Western New York, with an initial focus on the areas of health, human services, food and child care, and to address the needs of front-line responders.
Mental Health Advocates of WNY creates community guide to mental health resources
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 10:00 am
Mental Health Advocates of WNY has created a guide for mental health resources that are available in Western New York during this current COVID-19 public health crisis. The guide provides a list of resources, services and other useful information to help maintain good mental health that individuals and families can use as they navigate these uncertain times. The guide is available for download on the agency's website at MHAWNY.ORG.
3 technologies to help you feel connected to far-away loved ones
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 07:00 am
When it's not possible to be near loved ones, being connected becomes more important.
Catholic Health: Virtual visits for nursing home residents are keeping families connected
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 07:00 am
Prior to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's directive to restrict visitors in nursing homes, Catholic Health was putting plans in place to protect patients and residents at its four nursing homes and one adult care community, including suspending visitation.
Bishop Scharfenberger offers encouragement and guidance during coronavirus pandemic
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 07:00 am
Buffalo Catholic Diocese Apostolic Administrator Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger encourages prayer and reflection at home and the utilization of life-streamed liturgies for all Catholic faithful deprived of the sacramental life of the church in this Lenten season, due to restrictions required to prevent widespread contagion of the novel coronavirus.
Cuomo implores federal government to ramp up ventilator production
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 07:40 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo didn't mince words with the media in his press conference Tuesday. He said the time has come for the federal government to make ventilators more accessible to the medical professionals fighting COVID-19 in New York.
One dead in Erie County due to coronavirus
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 07:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Health on Tuesday evening announced there was one death attributable to COVID-19 in Erie County in the past 24 hours.
Catholic Health working to acquire sufficient FDA-approved masks & personal protective equipment for caregivers
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 04:15 pm
Catholic Health continues to work with vendors, regional partners and the local, state and federal governments to build an ongoing supply of personal protective equipment to meet the needs of its frontline physicians and caregivers.
Erie County Department of Health update: 114 positive coronavirus cases; reminders and resources
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 04:10 pm
From our data reported as of 2 p.m. today: We have 114 positive COVID-19 cases in Erie County. Our public health lab has 92 tests pending. Commercial and private labs are testing for COVID-19 and those results are available to ECDOH through the New York State Department of Health reporting system.
Departments of health offer guidance to WNY restaurants
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 03:55 pm
In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a mandate earlier this month forcing New York restaurants and bars to close their doors to the public. Once that happened, many of these eateries switched to an acceptable form of service: takeout and delivery.
Jim Millard rejoins Catholic Health to support COVID-19 incident command
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 02:05 pm
Jim Millard, former president and CEO of Kenmore Mercy Hospital, is coming out of retirement to rejoin Catholic Health to support the health system's COVID-19 initiatives. He will serve as executive leader and incident commander of the system staffing center, which has been established in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
SBA implements automatic deferment on existing disaster loans through end of 2020
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:40 pm
Today, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced changes to help borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. By making this change, deferments through Dec. 31, 2020, will be automatic. Now, borrowers of home and business disaster loans do not have to contact SBA to request deferment.
 

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